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Chelsie’s Weekend in Paris

July 19th, 2016 · Comments Off

We made it back safely to London today and we are happy to be back! When we first landed in Paris, we knew the language barrier would be tough, but most people we spoke to knew some English. Because we landed at night in a city we’ve never been, it felt creepy, but that feeling never really subsided. Once we got to our very first hostel, we were greeted by the guys behind the desk and they were very friendly and helpful and spoke English fluently. Our room was small but nice and free breakfast was included. Our very first hostel stay was a positive experience! On Saturday we spent the whole day doing typical touristy stuff. We did a free walking tour and learned so much history on France and some of the monuments and landmarks. While on the tour, we met a girl from Pennsylvania! We spent the afternoon with her eating lunch and visiting the Eiffel Tower! The Eiffel Tower exceeded my expectations. It was amazing.


This entire trip is going by quicker and quicker each week. I can’t believe we start our last week with Sodexo tomorrow! It will definitely be bittersweet. Then it’s off to Italy for our last week! After being away in Paris made coming back to London feel so familiar and homey.


Chelsie Bartlett


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My Experience as a Sodexo Intern - Julia Foglio

July 19th, 2016 · No Comments

There is just one full week left and much more to learn but as of now, working as an intern for Sodexo has given me a clearer look on what I wish to accomplish in my future career. Next week I will be meeting and shadowing the Research Analysis at this site. I hope to better understand what it will be like to work for this company and what kind of research happens behind the scenes. This field isn’t entirely what I wish to do but everyone has a starting point. I would have to say the “learning experience” doesn’t happen in the office. It is when you get on the wrong tube line, spill hot coffee all over your lap on the air plane, get lost in a foreign city and order what you can’t even pronounce on the menu is where you begin to learn. Learn that it’s okay to be out of your comfort zone and understand how to take control of a situation. I’d have to say this is an experience of a lifetime.

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Julia Foglio on a Weekend in Paris

July 19th, 2016 · Comments Off


We are back in beautiful Ravens court and I couldn’t be more excited. The feeling is similar to a home away from home. The flight to and from Paris felt like it only took two minutes and the view was amazing. As for Paris itself, I was in high alert from the second I got off the plane. There are a lot of people everywhere and the language barrier was the hardest thing to work through. We went on a beautiful tour of Paris and I learned more there then I ever did in history class. Who knew the Eiffel Tower was originally made to be up for 20 years?! Another thing I was surprised about was the Mona Lisa was in Paris and I always thought it was in Italy! Well, all in all Paris was amazing to see but I’m glad we did it for a weekend trip and not a full week. Only one more week of the internship which I will truly miss! Then we are off to amazing Italy for a week. There has been nothing but lessons learned and memories made. Thanks Sodexo!


Julia Foglio

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Sodexo Interns in London

July 12th, 2016 · No Comments

Julia Foglio and Chelsie Bartlett are interning for the month of July at Sodexo in London.  Read about their experiences.

Julia wrote:

Good morning!

It’s officially been 10 days in London! It is flying by so fast with work and going to all the sights. As for the internship they have assigned me with a lot of different types of research on several different topics. My favorite assignment has to be going to cultural destinations and reporting on the eye of the customer. So far, I visited some of the competitors of Sodexo which are located in the British museum and the Somerset house as well as stopping in on some of the work Sodexo takes part in like the Bateaux at London.  This is where they took Chelsie and I on the dinner cruise for afternoon tea. We also visited the Chelsea Flower Show next to Hampton Court Palace.

Aside from work, we have been traveling all over London. Just this past weekend, we took a ride on the London eye, visited the Wax Museum, and a very long market on Portobello Road. When we first arrived it was definitely a shocking change from the everyday life I was used to.  I’d like to say that I have perfected the routes on the tube, but I find a new one every day to get to work easier! I don’t favor public transportation, but I have recently learned that London is trying to get rid of cars all together. There is a charge to even enter the city and drive throughout London. I believe it is 10lbs. Another change (which is for the better) is that Chelsie and I have been walking anywhere from 5 to 9 miles a day. This trip is one of a life time. Attached are some photos of our adventures.

Chelsie wrote:

Just wanted to update you on our first week! We have learned and done so much already. Work has been fun - it’s different every day! We get to visit popular venues that Sodexo or our competitors work with along with research and small projects in the office. It took a few days to adjust to the time difference and we are navigating the tube rather well now! I can’t believe we are beginning our second week already! Attached you should find a few pictures of us around London!




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Puerto Rico Experiences

June 1st, 2016 · Comments Off

On May 15th, 2016, fourteen Keystone College students, myself included, met at the college at 4:30 am to start off our travel day.  After a two hour drive to the Newark Airport, our flight departed for Puerto Rico at 9am. Once we landed in San Juan we enjoyed lunch at Bebos.  Bebos is said to be the place everyone stops at once they get to Puerto Rico, to enjoy their first taste of authentic Puerto Rican cuisine. Their food was amazing! After lunch we hit the road to Ponce, which is located on the other side of the island. Along the way we stopped at the Monumento al Jíbaro Puertorriqueño which is located right in the middle of Puerto Rico. The monument inscription read “The hardworking pioneers (farmers, wood craftsman, hunters) are hardly ever honored for their contribution to a  nation. The people (Jíbaro in Puerto Rican Spanish) lived simple lives, working the land, and caring for their families with what little they had.  They were the backbone of every society.”  After learning about the monument we continued our trip to Ponce. Once in Ponce we checked into the Hotel Melia, and had dinner at La Parorama.


By: Rachael Ogden and Samantha Seidel

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Puerto Rico update from Patrick Dunleavy

May 19th, 2016 · No Comments

We landed on Sunday around 1, and made our way to lunch at this amazing Puerto Rican food place. We then made our way to Ponce (long drive) and saw some monuments on the way there. (Literally in the exact middle of the island!)  On Monday morning we devoured a great breakfast then made our way to the Sister Isolina Center for learning.

We started off with meeting the directors and learning about what Sister Isolina did for Puerto Rico.  After that we had the opportunity to tour the facilities and introduce ourselves to the students. We volunteered and  helped prepare for the students’ graduation by raking and cleaning all of the leaves on the facility. 


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Faculty-led Trip to Puerto Rico 2016

May 16th, 2016 · No Comments

This year there is a group of students heading to Puerto Rico to take classes and explore the language and culture of Puerto Rico.  The group is led by faculty members Joyce Avila and Jeff Brauer.  Follow the blog to hear about all their exciting adventures!

The first blog post and pictures came today.  The students are in route from San Juan airport to Ponce.  They made a stop at the El Jibraro Statue.  This is a statue depicting  the history of the people of Puerto Rico.  Puerto Rico descendants  are comprised of Taino Indians, Spaniards, and Africans.


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Bryan McIntyre and Kristy Keller in Madrid

June 29th, 2015 · No Comments

This summer, Keystone students Bryan McIntyre and Kristy Keller will be interning at Sodexo headquarters in Madrid, Spain.  This program is unique and only offered to Keystone students each year.  Follow their blogs as and hear about their adventures working in an office in another country and learning about the culture, language, and history of Spain.  http://bmacinaction.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default   https://niftyiskristy.wordpress.com/


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El Yunque National Forest by Joshua Casey

June 2nd, 2015 · No Comments

Today we visited El Yunque National Forest.  El Yunque is the only tropical rain forest in the U.S. National Forest system and has been a federal forest reserve for over 100 years.  Our first stop in El Yunque was to visit La Coca Falls.  Due to the dry weather the region has been having, the falls were not running as they normally would, but it was still a beautiful sight.  Next we stopped at Yokahu tower which is an observation point in the forest that offers an amazing view of the forest.  After leaving the tower, we were given the opportunity to take the 2.4 mile hike to El Yunque peak. The hike normally takes 1.5-2 hours to reach the top and the same to get back down. With our pace, we managed to reach the top in a hour and back down in just 45 minutes.  It was a fun, but a tiring hike that was worth every minute of it.  After returning to the bottom of the trail, we went to cool off in the river at a swimming hole in the reserve.  There was a rope tied off a tree on the one side that people were using to swing and jump in. It was interesting to see that even young children, that appeared to be 5-6 years old, were allowed to climb up and do this.  Of course a day in the rain forest isn’t complete until you get caught in the rain and that’s exactly what happened on the walk back to the van.  It seemed to come out of nowhere, but was refreshing on a hot day. I did learn a lot of interesting things during the trip to the forest such as at different elevations there is drastically different amounts of rain. The higher elevations of the forest can see over 250 inches of rain in a year while the lower elevations typically get 50-60 inches of rain.  It was also intriguing to find out that unlike most rain forests there are no large animals in El Yunque.  This is because Puerto Rico was formed from volcanic activity during the Triassic period and there has never been a land bridge to any continent so all the animals in Puerto Rico arrived by flying, swimming or floating.  The largest mammals in El Yunque are mongooses, rats and bats.  But, there are reptiles such as the Puerto Rican Boa which can grow up to six feet.  Also, it was very surprising to learn that there are no poisonous animals or insects within the forest.



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Puerto Rican Culture and Conversation by Tyler Valinski

May 26th, 2015 · No Comments

On day 7, I had a great time and learned some interesting things about the Puerto Rican way of life. We woke up early and went to Luquillo beach where I had an amazing time. When we arrived, I noticed that most of the residents of Puerto Rico were in the shade. Joyce soon told us that they are at the beach all year round, so they like to stay in the shade rather then go into a sunny spot.

After a great time at the beach, we went to have lunch at Joyce’s Goddaughter’s , Sandra’s house. Her family was absolutely amazing and I had a great time conversing with them about Puerto Rico. They own just over an acre and have many different fruits and vegetables growing on they’re property. The government even approached them about giving them money to grow more crops to supply some of the towns nearby.

After we had an amazing lunch, we headed back to the condos to get ready for the jazz festival at the Plaza in Luguillo. This was interesting to see how packed the plaza was and how friendly all the people there were. I had a couple conversations with some residents about where they have been on the mainland and I was surprised that so many knew about where I was from, Long Island. After talking to them about where they have visited, I realized three main states were New York, New Jersey, and Chicago. I started thinking and even asked Joyce because I was confused about why they have been to Chicago, but then I realized that Chicago is another big city just like New York. I had one of the best times on this trip this day. I learned so much about the people of Puerto Rico had great conversations with them even if some of them barely spoke English. I hope one day soon I get to come back to this beautiful place because being a New Yorker, I have never been to a place where the people were this friendly ever!

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